The L.A. Times had an article on the problems with short-staffing in California’s nursing homes. Quality-of-care concerns have long plagued nursing homes and are well documented, most recently in a May report by California State Auditor Elaine Howle.
A new law, championed by consumer groups and patient advocates, that went into effect July 1 is increasing staffing to increase the quality of care. The law tightened staffing requirements for direct caregivers and added new ones specifically for certified nursing assistants. The new law requires facilities to provide 3.5 hours of direct patient care each day, up from 3.2 hours. But the primary worry for nursing home operators is a first-ever requirement that 2.4 of those hours must be filled by CNAs.
“There must be enough direct care staff to meet the quality care needs of nursing home residents and ensure a healthy workload for every caregiver,” said an SEIU local representative.